Dr Tarah Kavanagh began working at Victoria University in 2012. Tarah joined the University with 14 years of sport coaching experience and 4 years experience in the applied sport psychology field working in the sport and education sectors, with her professional doctorate completed at Victoria University in 2010.

With experience as an athlete, coach, and sport psychologist, Tarah has an understanding of the sporting industry, its demands, requirements, and the complex factors that influence sporting performance. Tarah has a keen interest in training sport coaches and researching various areas in sport coaching, while still working in the applied psychology and coaching fields. Her focus is on developing students into competent, holistic sport coaches that enjoy their profession and make positive contributions to their athletes' lives. 

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Sport Coaching (AHE1251 and AHE2251).
  • Lecturer in Sport Psychology (AHE1206).


  • Unit Coordinator of AHE1251 Coaching Active Communities
  • Unit Coordinator of AHE2251 Sport Coaching Environment, Planning, & Delivery

Professional Membership

  • Tennis Australia Club Professional and current member
  • Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia with General Registration and Endorsement in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists

Recent Conference Presentations

Kavanagh, T., & Andersen, M. Deepening the in-depth interview: A case study of the athlete-to-coach transition using conversations and projective data gathering techniques. International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, July 2010.

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 4406